The Race for Raqqa

Barely two months into his office, Trump is still facing a very hostile environment around him both domestically and internationally. Many of his domestic election promises have been kept to the pleasure of some and dismay of others, but on the international front, his emerging policies are, for better and for worse, still developing. Some … Continue reading The Race for Raqqa

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Trump’s Stealth Partition of Syria – “Safe Zones” and the Siege of Raqqa

With Russia backing the Syrian army the U.S. and the rest of the Sunni Axis seem to have given up their plans for a full regime change in Syria. This does not, however, mean that the danger of an escalation has passed. Plan B among U.S. foreign policy hawks has always provided for two backdoor … Continue reading Trump’s Stealth Partition of Syria – “Safe Zones” and the Siege of Raqqa

RT Spots US ‘Advisers’ on Raqqa Frontline on Visit to Syria’s Strategic Euphrates Dam

An RT crew has gained access to the strategic Tabqa dam, partially recaptured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces with the help of US troops who were deployed to Syria to “train, advise and assist” but who were spotted just miles away from Raqqa frontline. While exploring the northern side of the SDF-controlled part of … Continue reading RT Spots US ‘Advisers’ on Raqqa Frontline on Visit to Syria’s Strategic Euphrates Dam

US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation for Syria Partition

A U.S.-backed operation near Raqqa aims to "block any advance by Syrian government forces from the west". The Balkanization of Syria begins The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and … Continue reading US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation for Syria Partition

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‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

Moscow has questioned the Western coalition's optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking. The "very hard but essential" battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on … Continue reading ‘Optimism Far from Reality’: Moscow Dismisses West’s ‘Rosy Forecasts’ on Raqqa Offensive

Assad: No One Invited US to Manbij, All Foreign Troops in Syria Without Permission are ‘Invaders’

Any foreign forces, including those from the US, that enter Syria without invitation are invaders, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Chinese media in an interview, noting that no one had given the US troops currently in Manbij permission to be there. “Any foreign troops coming to Syria without our invitation or consultation or permission, they … Continue reading Assad: No One Invited US to Manbij, All Foreign Troops in Syria Without Permission are ‘Invaders’

Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

After six years of constant conflict between the great powers in and around Syria, the US, Russia and Turkish military leaders have gathered in Antalya, Turkey to discuss how best to coordinate their operation to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham/Levant (ISIS/ISL) from Raqqa. Discussions also include operations in Iraq. Some are calling this summit … Continue reading Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

Commander of the US Central Command, General Joseph Votel (Photo: US Department of Defense)

Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington’s Plans to Dispatch More Troops

Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, has secretly visited the Syrian Arab Republic in order to meet with leaders of US-backed militant groups. The visit was made just two days after it was announced that Washington is going to dispatch more US troops to the Arab country. On Friday, Votel, who … Continue reading Top US General Secretly Visits Syria amid Washington’s Plans to Dispatch More Troops